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Top Seven Most Obscure Creatures in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter universe is full of all kinds of magical creatures, from the terrifying Dementors to the majestic Phoenixes to the spooky Boggarts to the lumbering Mountain Trolls. But how about some of the lesser known critters of the Potterverse? The most obscure critters that nevertheless flesh out of the universe? Let’s count down some of the best ones of the Potterverse and give them the love they deserve!

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7. Hinkypunk

Hinkypunks may look beautiful, but they’re actually quite sinister little critters. These creatures manifest as glowing beacons of light holding onto lanterns, appearing before lost travelers and luring them onto backroads or further into the wilderness. Little tricksters, their purpose is to screw with travelers and get them even more lost than they already are.

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6. Snallygaster

Snallygasters are hybrid monsters, combining the traits of birds and reptiles into one ugly looking beast. Native to the United States, they don’t go out of their way to hunt down people but they’re not exactly shy either, making their presence known if you invade their territory. They’re quite tough if you happen to mess with them, with vicious teeth and a hide tough enough to resist magic spells along with gunfire. Still, they’re relatively harmless otherwise, just leave them alone and they’ll do the same to you.

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5. Demiguise 

Demiguise are peaceful ape-like creatures that hail from the Far East and have the unique ability to hide from others by turning invisible. Completely unseen to muggles, only trained witches and wizards can hunt them down and even they need special training. But the demiguise’s pelt has the unique ability to create Invisibility cloaks, make them sought after despite their peaceful nature and shyness.

 

 

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4. Horned Serpent

Horned serpents are wise and benevolent creatures that dwell in the United States. Each serpent has a magical jewel in their heads, which can imbue witches and wizards with extremely rare magical properties. Some witches and wizards spend lifetimes searching for one, desperate for the powers these serpents can bestow. Some of the powers they can gift are invisibility and flight. Their jewels can also been used to power wands as their cores.

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3. Blast-ended skrewt 

Blast-Ended Skrewts are the horrifying union between manticores and fire crabs. They resemble a union between scorpions and lobsters, while also being extremely bad tempered and can spew fire out of their bodies. Naturally, no one in their right mind would get near these things. Naturally, Hagrid took a liking to them and make them a centerpiece of his Care of Magical Creatures class, forcing Harry and his friends to deal with this horrible abominations. Luckily, they don’t exist in the wild, being entirely creatures created through unnatural means.

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2. Lethifold

Another creepy critter, lethifolds are believed to be related to dementors and certainly look rather similar in look and behavior. Its a rare monster that has only been sighted in the tropics and resembles a dark, black cloak. It hunts humans by silently gliding into someone’s house and suffocates the victim, consuming them and leaving nothing but an empty bed behind. Luckily, the Patronus charm can blast them off but that seems to be the only thing that can ward them away.

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1. hidebehind

Hidebehinds are vicious creatures that have resulted from breeding between a Demiguise and a ghoul. It can shift its shape, allowing it hide behind objects, mostly often lurking just out of sight behind trees. It disturbingly preys exclusively on humans, perhaps because they are the result when man accidentally breeds the Demiguise with a ghoul. Hidebehinds live in the United States and, though most of their territory is around Massachusetts, they can be found in any wood, lurking just out of sight.

 

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Top 5 Best Obscure ‘Batman’ Villains

Batman has the best rogues gallery in comics. I’m sure you could rattle off over ten Batman villains without breaking a sweat. From archenemies like the Joker and the Penguin, to more minor characters like Man-Bat and Clayface, Batman’s villains are each classic in their own right. But who are some of the best obscure characters of the Dark Knight’s menagerie of bad guys? Here, we list down some of the most memorable obscure baddies who battled the Caped Crusader…

 

5. Professor Pyg

 

Professor Pyg, a fat man in a pig mask stands in a bloody room with a meat cleaver
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One of the creepiest, most insane Batman baddies ever created, Professor Pyg was introduced in Grant Morrison’s Batman run  and certainly left an impression. Running the equally freakish Circus of Strange, Professor Pyg lobotomizes unwilling victims into becoming mindless dolls to act as his muscle. Pyg turns out to be a mere minion for the main villain Simon Hurt but he proves to be much more memorable, both for his strange design, his disturbing methods, and his bizarre manner of speech, which manifests itself as random nonsense akin to a word salad. Pyg has since gone on to appear in various other forms of Batman media, such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Gothamcementing himself as one of the best new Batman lunatics.

4. The Condiment King

 

Batman villain Condiment King stands in a store covered in bits of mustard and ketchup

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From the scary to the ridiculous, the Condiment King is one of the sillier bad guys of the Batman universe but he’s made an impression for being so ridiculous he’s actually incredible. His gimmick is, you guessed it, condiments, as the Condiment King wields guns that shoot out ketchup, mayo, mustard, hot sauce, etc. If that doesn’t sound like a threat, well, its because it isn’t. The Condiment King always gets taken down very easily, as the most he can do is give you some stains. But he’s always hilarious when he does show up and he’s so little of a threat its easy to feel kind of a bad for him.

 

3. Orca

 

Orca, a half woman half killer whale, sits on a couch with some teenagers

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Another ridiculous Batman villain, Orca first appeared in the ’90s. A former marine biologist, Dr. Grace Balin got into an accident that left her paralyzed. Experimenting on orca whale DNA, she injects herself with the genetics and transforms into Orca the Whale Woman, with all the powers of a whale at her disposal! Her motives were always rather unclear and she had a few unmemorable appearances before being shot dead by Two-Face. Luckily for her, she’s appeared alive and well again in the DC Comics reboot Rebirthnow an opponent to Nightwing.

 

2. Copperhead

 

 

Copperhead, a super villain wearing a snake costume, leaps at the viewer

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Cooperhead, real name John Doe, was an assassin who took up a snake motif for his acts of villainy. He could use his costume to strangle people to death in its powerful coils and also had a venomous bite. His weakness was that he became obsessive toward a chosen target, ignoring everything else to his often detriment. Copperhead was killed during the Blackest Knight storyline and a new Copperhead, a woman called Jane Doe, took up the mantle of the snake in the New 52 reboot, antagonizing both Batman and the Flash.

 

1. Kite man

 

Kite Man, a super villain with a kite themed costume, crashes through a window

 

The poster child for silly super villains, Kite Man first appeared during Batman’s Silver Age. He was exactly what he sounded like, a kite-themed villain who tried to pretend he was something of a threat. After a scant few appearances, Kite Man joined the D list roster of Batman’s rogues gallery, languishing in obscurity for years. It wasn’t until the DC Rebirth where he was given a new lease on life, returning as a recurring joke villain who always got the short end of the stick from Batman and other heroes of Gotham. Whenever the writers needed a one off villain to get punched or humiliated, Kite Man was there. But Kite Man in this run is more than he appears and is given gravitas unexpected of the character, which we won’t spoil here. All we’ll say is: “Kite Man. Hell yeah.”

 

Who are some of your favorite obscure Batman bad guys? Tell us in the comics and get hyped for Batman Day on March 30th!

 

 

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